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Fallow weed detection

A drone for precice weed detection allowing farmers to spray exactly where the weeds are

January 2021
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Farmers are wasting herbicide by spraying areas of the paddock that don't need it. It is not only expensive for farmers, but also pollutes the soils, waterways and in some cases can affect human health. The solution is a fallow weed detection platform that allows farmers to target weeds using their existing machinery. This reduces chemical use by up to 97.5% and turns their existing machinery into a weed targeting platform. The solution uses aerial imagery (drone or plane), to identify and locate weeds. From there a tractor ready file is generated and given to the farmers. This file helps control the nozzles, turning them on if there are weeds and off if there are no weeds. This platform has helped a farmer save over $14,000 in chemical costs on a 700ha paddock.

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Label Date January 25, 2021
By InFarm
From Australia
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Network, Visibility, Funding, Partners

The environmental benefits

  • InFarm taps into this existing technology to target herbicide application.
  • Data is delivered to farmers overnight and is compatible with their existing spraying machines.
  • 6TB of data are obtained per day in InFarm's data acquisition phase.
  • Up to 97.5% reduction in Herbicide use in broad acre farms.
  • InFarm's fallow weed solution directly decreases the amount of chemical used on-farm.

The Financial benefits

  • No CAPEX required for farmers, immediate pay back for below 30% weed coverage in the paddock.
  • Up to 97.5% chemical saving can be up to a $250,000 per year saving for farmers.

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Company Profile


InFarm is an Agricultural Intelligence Company, focusing on delivering Big Data and AI to farmers

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Headquarters Wyaga QLD 4390, Australia

Networking Partner


Waterpreneurs is a global “for-impact organisation”, supporting the scaling-up of impact investments financing the growth of WASH enterprises operating in developing countries, and respecting human rights. Waterpreneurs brings extensive knowledge of the water and sanitation entrepreneurial sector, impact investing and facilitation of marketplaces.

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